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Jody Faison

Member sinceJune 23, 2007
LocationNashville, Tn
InfluencesJohn Prine, Guy Clark, Tom Waits
Artist Biography:

I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachians, Fayetteville Tennessee, the land of Jack Daniels. Iíve written poems and lyrics as long as I can remember. I first put them to melodies on a Kuke-ulele (an elongated, crazy painted up ukulele) my Mom bought me in Greenwich Village. I moved on to guitar, piano, harmonica, trumpet and banjo- playing in various bands throughout high schoolÖ a bluegrass band named Pure Lard, a rock band named Unclaimed Freight.

My formative heroes were songwriters like Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker,
Tom Waits, Randy Newman, John Prine, early Springsteen and Michael Franks

I came to Nashville on a football scholarship with Vanderbilt. I signed with Vanderbilt, not because of their great football record, but because they had good English professors and primarily because Guy Clark played regularly at the Exit Inn.

After graduation, I opened a restaurant, Faison's, close to Music Row in Nashville. Then a few years later I opened 12th and Porter. I had a good run in the restaurant business, six restaurants and almost 25 years. I met and fed and got drunk with many of my heroes (never telling anyone my songwriting secret) and made new heroes. When producing a dish or a song, I like to give people something they donít expect or canít get everywhere.

More by Jody Faison:

Everything's A Song
Garbage Truck
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Greyhound Station in Guitarville
Hootenany at Howell Hill
I Can't Write You a Love Song
Ice Tea Shade Tree Kind of Day
Money and Love
Pool Hall Saturday Night
PTL Club
Redneck Cotillion
Revival of the Fittest
Small Town Southern Society
Snow in the City
The Moon and I
The Town Where the Music is Made
Wine, Women and Song

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